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Harrison McEldowney, choreographer


 

(Compiled January 2004)

 

BalletMet's audiences will remember Harrison McEldowney from his ballets Group Therapy and Dance Sport. He is known for his witty choreography filled with intricate partnering and a theatrical dance vocabulary developed from his time working within several theatrical venues.

His work can be seen in a number of large scale productions including the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Closing Ceremonies and Carnegie Hall's Celebration of 125 Years of Musical Theater. Other theatrical presentations that have benefited from his artistry include the Sam Mendes film Road to Perdition, the More Dirty Dancing tour in Australia, the 35th Anniversary Tour of American Bandstand and CBS's show Early Edition. McEldowney has also contributed work to Collection Rouge for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

In addition to BalletMet, McEldowney's original ballets can be seen with Hubbard Street Dance Company (for whom he created Group Therapy and Let's Call the Whole Thing Off in 1999), The Civic Ballet of Chicago, River North Dance Company and Louisville Ballet.

McEldowney is recipient of Gay Chicago Magazine's After Dark Award for performance and choreography and the 1998 Ruth Page Award for choreography.

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